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captioning sponsored by cbs >> couric: tonight, the battle for congress. after four years in the minority, the republicans take back the house. those flashing red seats used to belong to democrats. cbs news estimates they will win more than the 218 seats they need to take control. it is a much tougher battle for the g.o.p. in the senate, however. they need to pick up 10 seats, now, hold by democrats. so far, they have picked up three. the gavel of power is about to pass from nancy pelosi to john boehner in the house. senate majority leader harry reid is fighting for his political life in nevada where polls have just closed.
the tea party is about to celebrate. it's election night on cbs. >> change doesn't come from the top, it comes from the bottom. >> if you're tired of the takeovers and bailouts, that's what elections are for. >> we are not going back. >> restore america to her honor. >> we need all of you fired up. ♪ >> couric: and good evening, everyone. we are witnessing a major shift in political power in the nation's capital. cbs news is projecting that, when all the votes are counted in this mid-term election, the republicans will have won control of the house of representatives. after making history as the first woman speaker four years ago, nancy pelosi of california
will be turning over the gavel to john boehner of ohio. and we will be looking at all the implication of this over the next hour beginning with our congressional corspontent nancy cordes. we're projecting a net gain for the republicans in the house of 45 seats. how were they able to pull this off? >> reporter: they're pulling it off by winning seats in every part of the country particularly in the south where they've picked off 12 seats formerly held boy democrats including three seats already in virginia. tom perriello is one of those democrats -- a wave of freshmen and sophomore democrats being beaten tonight. he was a full-throated supporter of president's agenda. the president campaigned for him. so this is a big blow for the white house. in the midwest the republicans have already picked off two democratic seats including this one in the ninth district. baron hill. he was elected in 2006. he was a blue-dog democrat, katie, fiscally conservative but
that wasn't enough to save him. he's defeated by todd young who was endorsed by sarah palin and who is a tea party member. >> couric: this tea party wave may in fact wash away many of the gains that the democrats made in 2006 and 2008. >> reporter: that's right, katie. take a look at this. this is particularly significant. you see this one up in the east. that doesn't seem like much but it's in new hampshire -- right now the republicans don't have a single seat in all of new england. frank guinta, another tea party republican defeats incumbent carol shea-porter. >> couric: joined by bob schieffer and jeff greenfield, two of the sharpest political minds in the country. this is a huge development, bob, everyone was wondering how many seats they would gain, not just whether they would take control of the house but it is a big referendum on barack obama. a huge repudiation of him and
the democratic agenda, isn't it? >> reporter: republicans said this was not about them, it was a referendum on barack obama and indeed that is what it has turned out to be. this is more than just a message to barack obama, this is kind of a halloween rerun here because people are just saying this is someone who came to office, promised change and the change didn't happen. the administration raised these expectations above the moon in a society that already is pretty careful about wanting instant change. they didn't get it, and barack obama is paying the price tonight. >> couric: what a difference two years makes, jeff, two years ago the g.o.p. was dead in the water, people were going to say it was going to take a generation to revive the grand old party, and here we are tonight. >> reporter: right, and i think what we're seeing here is a national mood. this is a year when all politics isn't local and the dissatisfaction with the economy and with the overreach of
government has hit a hammer into obama's coalition. women are breaking no better than even for democrats. independents are breaking heavily for republicans. and that's what's going on. >> couric: all right. let's take a look at some of these senate races. to the battle for the senate. it is still under way and polls are still open in the west. the republicans need to pick up 10 democratic seats to reach a 51-seat majority. so far, cbs news estimates they have picked up three. in arkansas, republican john bozeman ousted democrat blanche lincoln. indiana, dan coats who served in the senate in the 1990's is going back taking the seat of evan bayh. john hoeven, taking the seat of byron dorgan who is retiring. the tight battle between senate majority leader harry reid and sharron angle.
we predict marco rubio the winner of a three-way race with independent charlie crist and democrat kendrick meek. richard blumenthal over republican linda mcmahon. christopher coons defeats christine o'donnell who made the ad saying she wasn't a witch. in in ohio, rob portman defeats lee fisher. bob, there is a possibility the republican could control the senate. >> reporter: if there is good news for the democrats tonight it is probably they will hold onto the senate. mitch mcconnell, who is the senate republican leader says they are probably going to hold all the republican seats that they have up tonight, but he says if they're going to take the senate they're going to have
to take 10 of those 12 senate seats right there that are now held by democrats. now, they've already taken three of them, but the important thing is the republicans -- the democrats have taken two, which means if the democrats are going to lose control of the senate, republicans have to get all the rest of those seats that are in black there tonight. that's a pretty tall order. >> couric: let's talk about some of those seats, nancy cordes that we're keeping an eye on as the night progresses. there are some very tight races. >> reporter: that's right, katie, although the polls have already closed in two of the states, pennsylvania and illinois, they're still nail-biters, democrats very nervous, it looks like things are neck and neck in those states. moving across the country, colorado, one of the most expensive races in the country. no projection yet there either. democrats are feeling cautiously optimistic about california and washington state, but here is the race that they are most nervous about, katie -- it's in
nevada. the mother of all races, tonight. senate majority leader harry reid who is in a very tight battle with sharron angle. she is a tea party candidate. she made a series of gaffes on the campaign trail but she's still leading in the polls. >> couric: we'll be talking about that race as the others you mentioned, nancy cordes, thank you very much. the economy has been the number one issue in this election. this is what is fomenting so much anger and that is anthony mason's beat. you're monitoring exit polls for us but no one knows better what a bleak climate we have had economically in this country for many months now. >> reporter: it's true, katie, nine out of 10 voters told us today they're worried about the economy, the unemployment rate has been above 9% for a year and a half now and 42% of the voters in our exit poll told us they're worse off today than they were two years ago. that's even higher among independents. if you go to independents, fully half of independents in our survey told us that they're in
fact worse off. 50%. this is significant because independents made the difference for president obama two years ago, and when they did, more than half described themselves as moderate. 28% said they were conservative. look what happens this year. the conservatives jump up to 38%. the moderates fall below half. in 2008, president obama won 52% of the independent vote. that's flipped, this year. the republicans win by 55 to 40%. katie. >> couric: anthony mason, anthony, thank you so much. and still ahead, where did the democrats go wrong, and who will be the new power players in washington? this is election night on cbs. [ woman ] i had this deep, radiating pain everywhere... and i wondered what it was. i found out that connected to our muscles are nerves that send messages through the body. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia,
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>> couric: the republicans are throwing a grand old party, tonight, because they have regained control of the house of representatives. they will be in charge of the new house in the 1 twelfth congress. let's take a look at the touch screen in front of me. they need 218 seats to control the house of representatives. by the time the night is over, they're going to need a net gain of 39 seats. they're well on their way to that. in fact, cbs news is projecting a net gain of 45 seats for the republicans in the house of representatives, but as we said earlier, it's going to be a much tougher climb for the senate. they need to pick up -- keep
what they have, maintain their hold on their republican seats and then pick up 10 additional seats to get to the magic number of 51. so far, they have, in fact, picked up seats in arkansas, indiana and north dakota, but the democrats might have been sort of rained on their parade a bit because they kept seats in connecticut and west virginia, in democratic hands -- for example, we'll look at the state of west virginia. joe manchin, the very, very popular governor there. we have projected him a winner in the state of west virginia. and in the state of connecticut as well, richard blumenthal, the attorney general has defeated linda mcmahon and her connections with worldwide wrestling and her harsh commercials against richard blumenthal apparently turned off women voters two to one, so as we said, the republicans are really going to have to play the tables the rest of the night if in fact they are to regain control of the senate.
whatever the case is, in the house of representatives, nancy cordes, there are going to be a lot of fresh new faces with a lot of power. >> reporter: that's right, katie, this video from 2007 when john boehner handed the speaker's gavel over to nancy pelosi, he's been working hard to get it back ever since -- he's going to be the man most likely leading the house. he's 61 years old. he's been in office for 20 years. he's been a fierce opponent of the president's agenda these past two years. do not expect that to change. his number two will likely be eric cantor of virginia. house majority leader. >> couric: considered one of the young guns despite the fact he's 47 years old but he's kind of a new breed of republican, isn't he? >> reporter: exactly, katie, he will will be joined by several others of that breed who will be taking over key house committees and this is where a lot of the power lies because it's in those committees where they have the power to shape legislation. who is going to be running those
committees? darryl issa of california will be leading the oversight committee with the power to investigate the white house. dave camp of michigan who will become the chair of ways and means will have control over tax policy and paul ryan of wisconsin, one of those self-proclaimed young guns you mentioned along with eric cantor will likely become chair of the budget committee. another very important committee. >> couric: nancy cordes, thanks so much. let's go to our republican and democrat strategists to talk about the new faces in the nation's capital. first, dan bartlett, what kind of speaker is john boehner likely to be? are we going to see gridlock on capitol hill or is he a bit of a compromiser? >> john boehner, the finely tanned man from ohio taking over as speaker of the house is well liked not only in his own caucus but behind the scenes he has great relationships with key democrats. that will be the key as they try to forge a coalition of the new
entrants many backed by the tea party, there could be upwards of 60 republican freshmen -- that's a big bloc of voters who have come in with a mandate to say no to the white house. he's got a complicated system on his hands but he's got public sentiment, which is stop the spending, make sure we enact pro-economic policies and john boehner, a lot of people think even though he's been there for a long time that he may be the right person to do it because of those relationships he has behind the scenes. >> couric: jamaal simmons, how will the white house deal with this new breed of republican on capitol hill? you have many tea party candidates, as dan said, who believe they have a mandate to do things like repeal health care reform and make government much smaller. how is he going to respond to that? >> katie, i think the president is going to look for some ways to offer kind of his hand, out to the new republicans in congress, maybe focus on things like the budget, look for
competitiveness in science technology and education where people can join together and work together but at some point there will come a moment where the two parties are on opposite sides and the president will look for -- should look for a moment to sort of define himself, define his principles and even stand up against the republican majority in the house to make sure his people know that he's still on the side of democrats. now, at the same time, in the democratic house side if nancy pelosi chooses not to stay as the democratic leader, you may have a little bit of a fight going on between steny hoyer who is now the majority leader and chris van hollen who ran the democratic national campaign committee and debbie wasserman schultz who may not be going for leader but has proven herself. >> couric: dan bartlett and jamal simmons, thank you very much. how is the tea party responding to two of their victories, rand paul in kentucky and marco rubio in the state of florida just in the senate? we're going to check into a tea
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movement. in pennsylvania, it's neck and neck between retired navy admiral joe sestak and former congressman, against passionate antitax man pat toomey in the ultimate swing state we're watching carefully, joe sestak ahead by two percentage points now but it is too early to project and too tight to project a winner in that race. in the state of illinois, alexi giannoulias running against mark kirk, republican -- this is really important because it is barack obama's former senate seat, so this has a lot of sentimental meaning and significance for the white house, and they are watching this race very, very carefully. also in the state of wisconsin, another race that is very tight. too early to project, senator russ feingold, a maverick senator running against ron
johnson, a plastics manufacturer from oshkosh who has put a lot of his own money into the race. in nevada again -- actually, in colorado, rather -- michael bennet who was appointed to fill in secretary salazar's seat is running against ken buck who is the county district attorney. we'll be watching this race carefully. barack obama took colorado in 2008 and once again a microcosm of what's happening in this country, majority leader harry reid is running against tea party favorite sharron angle in a very close race and we cannot project a winner in nevada yet there as well. anthony mason is following the results of our exit polls. anthony, what's rowed the boat in this mid term election? >> reporter: we want to look at the tea party, katie. 40% of the voters in our exit poll described themselves as tea party supporters and nine out of 10 of them believed that president obama's policies have the country on the wrong track. they feel strongly that the
government is doing too much. 85% said that. they feel the stimulus plan is not working. 60% said it hurt the economy. they also feel strongly that congress should repeal health care. 84% told us that. it's very interesting the make-up of the tea party. 90% are white. three quarters are over the age of 45. they voted virtually as a bloc today of tea party supporters, 87% went with the republican party today, katie. >> couric: thank you very much, anthony mason. 37 state houses are up right now and the governor's races are considered very important. hallie barbour is the governor of mississippi and former head of the r.n.c. and some believe he's also a future presidential candidate. governor barbour, how do you feel the republicans are doing in the state house races? >> we're doing very well, the important thing, katie, we're doing very well all over the country, four of the six new england governors' races are competitive with republicans
winning in three, we're winning in the industrial midwest, we're winning in the southeast, we're winning in the southwest, in the great plains -- of course, the polls haven't closed out west, but really, we have had strong candidates and a great response. there are some close races but right now it looks great. >> couric: what do you think is behind this republican wave, if you will, taking over the house of representatives, making considerable gains in the gubernatorial races? >> katie, mid term elections often are referenda on the president's policies and tonight the american people are repudiating barack obama's policies, it's just as simple as that, whether it's outrageous spending, skyrocketing deficits, piling all trillions of debt on our children and grandchildren, government-run health care system, big tax increase around the corner in january, the american people think that's bad stuff and they look at the results and they see bad results. >> couric: governor barbour,
thank you. some cbs stations will be leaving us for local returns. for everyone else, cbs coverage of the midterm elections will two states, two very hot elections. >> right now in virginia, fewer than 1000 votes separate connolly and simian, and martin o'malley appears to have won a second term. the big story in that race, allegations of unscrupulous calls telling voters not to head out and vote because incumbent o'malley had already won. >> reporter: it is meaningless. by any measure. the results to date, are a landslide. it is an 189% spread, here in maryland right now.
58% reporting for o'malley. 40% for ehrlich. the big counties came in big. montgomery, county and prince george city, it is a victory party tonight for o'malley. >> scott, despite all the projections, including that of cbs news, ehrlich supporters refuse to concede. they refuse to accept defeat. a few minutes ago, bob ehrlich's running mate, mary cain, said only a small amount of precincts had reported and ehrlich was closing the gap. that met with clears. back to you. heading into virginia now, republicans have managed one of their key upsets. >> robert hurt defeated tom in the battleground. in the 11th district we find our own peggy fox at the
incumbent's headquarters where things are closer than i don't knowly wanted. >> reporter: this is a nail biter of the race, jerry connolly only has a 400 vote lead. the mood in this room are very anxious. people are very nervous about this. we are here to cover the very latest. the race could go either way. that is the sentiment here at this crowd. look at the supporters here who have come out here for a republican candidate, keith zipping simian, he is there in the crowd and just addressed his supporters. he said even though there is not a clear winner at this hour, he said stick with me, it is going to be a long night ahead. these people believe the oakland businessman will pull out a win tonight. we are going to be here in the swing district as the votes come out and the race is called. reporting live here at mason
inn. no vice in the race for dc mayor. tonight vincent gray was running on unopposed. join me tomorrow night when the mayor elect joins me here to talk about his plans for the city. meantime our own bruce johnson monitoring other key races. >> reporter: got a big issue in montgomery county. the ambulance, voluntary firefighters opposed the measure, but it could bring in millions of dollars, as it does in neighboring prince georges county. i don't joe mance currently battling a republican. >> we are going to have more for you coming up in just a bit. se, literally show and tell you where it is when you don't even know yourself ? droid can with lookout mobile security, one of thousands of free apps for the droid x and droid 2 by motorola. available on the ever-expanding android market.
>> couric: and headline of the night. we have a power shift in washington, d.c. cbs news is projecting that, when all the votes are counted in this midterm election, the republicans will have won control of the house of representatives. the g.o.p. needed a net gain of 39 seats. we estimate they will gain at least 50 by the time the night is over. john boehner will likely replace nancy pelosi as speaker of the house. but the battle for the senate continues. the republicans need a net gain of 10 seats. so far, they've taken three seats from the democrats. in indiana, dan coats will succeed the retiring evan bayh. in arkansas, john boozman
unseats democrat blanche lincoln. in north dakota, john hoeven won the seat that byron dorgan holds. it's election night. >> we can fix the united states congress. that's what elections are for. ♪ >> couric: welcome back, everyone. you cannot talk about this election cycle without mentioning a movement that began in the summer of last year and soon caught fire. we're talking about the tea party movement. our cbs news exit poll today found 41% of voters are tea party supporters -- in fact, there are three tea party
victors in the senate alone. we have rand paul who has won in the state of kentucky. marco rubio who has won the senate seat in the state of florida. and utah's next senator as we mentioned is mike lee, one of the first tea party candidates to take on an establishment republican. byron pitts is at a tea party in the nation's capital. byron, they must be feeling pretty good there tonight. >> reporter: katie, you're right, the mood here is festive. this is one of a number of tea party events tonight. when it was announced earlier tonight that the republicans had regained control of the house this room erupted. people were chanting "u.s.a., u.s.a.," they were hugging, people were applauding. make no mistake, this has been a big night for the tea party. the republican party would not have had a successful season without the tea party support. according to a cbs exit poll 40% of the people who voted tonight said they are tea party supporters and 21 said said they are strong supporters of the tea
party. john mechler joins us, president of the tea party patriots. you have been on the road for two weeks. what's this moment mean like to you? >> this is incredible. this is the starting point. we're just getting started. it feels great, everyone is celebrating but the real work starts tomorrow. >> reporter: i heard someone say from the podium that the republican party are on probation. >> that's a nice way to put it. they have a long track record of doing the wrong thing. we intend to hold their feet to the fire starting tomorrow. >> reporter: katie, that's the mood here at this tea party event. they're pleased but they still see that work has to be done and they want to hold the republican party accountable now that they're back in charge. >> couric: byron pitts. byron, thanks so much. bob schieffer and jeff greenfield, the tea party reenergized the g.o.p. at a time when everyone thought the party was lost and yet beating establishment candidates, christine o'donnell beat mike castle in delaware, they lost an all but guaranteed seat in that state.
>> reporter: that may be what cost them the senate -- the remarkable thing was this run of tea party folks going up against even conservative republicans like bob bennett in utah that didn't make the primary, in alaska they unseated lisa murkowsk with joe miller. that seat perhaps is in jeopardy. ken buck in colorado unseated a former lieutenant governor who was considered a favorite to beat the democrat, michael bennet. at the same time the tea party folks may be costing the republicans the senate they have sent a clear warning to the republicans we are not in your pocket, this is not labor and the democratic party, we don't like you guys spending any more than we do the democrats and that's a source of real conflict next year in washington. >> couric: nancy cordes, how have the tea party candidates fared in the house of representatives? there were seven running in the senate, a heck of a lot more in the house, well over 100. >> reporter: that's right, katie, a number of republicans who jumped on this tea party bandwagon, where the energy was, endorsed by tea party groups.
so far tonight 10 republicans who affiliate themselves with the tea party have won just in the competitive races we're watching. there were far more republicans who are in safe seats who are winning as well. there is going to be a big tea party caucus in the house. >> couric: nancy cordes, thank so much. we're going to go to three of our are correspondents out in the field covering key races, dean reynolds in illinois at kirk headquarters. dean, what's the latest from there? >> katie, it couldn't be closer. this race is neck and neck. all night long, alexi giannoulias, the democrat, has been ahead but mark kirk, the republican has been gaining steadily all evening to the point now where they're separated only by the thinnest of margins, so it's a mood of anxiety, both here at kirk headquarters and downtown in chicago at giannoulias headquarters in this huge battle for the very prestigious seat once occupied by barack obama. katie.
>> couric: all right, dean reynolds. dean, thanks very much for that update. meanwhile, ben tracy is covering that very tight reid-angle race that is unfolding in nevada. he's at harry reid's headquarters in las vegas. ben, what's the latest from there? >> reporter: well, katie, you have talked about the tea party and you have mentioned that there is no race they would want to win more tonight than this race right here in nevada. this is ground zero for their battle. if they could unseat the most powerful democrat in the u.s. senate, that would be huge for their movement, huge for republicans and a big loss for democrats. the polls closed here just a little over a half hour ago so there aren't any results out yet but we are expecting this to be somewhat of a long night because this has been a very close race heading right into election day, and if you're wondering where all the people are, the food and the booze is on the other side of the room. >> couric: i was wondering. i was feeling a little sorry for you, ben, tonight, so i'm glad there are some people gathered around the food and the booze. thanks so much, ben. meanwhile, bill whitaker is covering the barbara boxer-carly
fiorina senate race in california. he's at boxer headquarters in los angeles tonight and bill, i know that it was neck and neck for a while there but barbara boxer really pulled ahead in recent weeks. >> reporter: well, the democrats here think that they will be able to swim against the national tide and hold onto an office here and perhaps even make some strides in other races. in that hotly contested senate race between incumbent barbara boxer and republican challenger carly fiorina, the democratings say that they have been watching -- the democrats say they have been watching key polling places and they have been encouraged that the democratic turnout in those polling places has been much higher than they we're interrupting cbs's coverage of the national races to let you hear it from the maryland governor, martin o'malley. >> as you can see, he is just
taking the stage as he defeated for a second term. let's hear from the governor. >> i love you guys! hey thank you. thank you very, very much. i love you guys. thank you so very very much. [ cheering ] today in the toughest of times against some of the greatest diversities that our country have seen in a good long time, the people of maryland, once again, decided that together, we move forward everybody settle down. >> it's okay. it is great to see so many of you here in the city of baltimore, the greatest city in america! [ cheering ] i really want
to thank mayor stephanie rollings blake for all of her leader tips and hard work. and i want to say to mayor rollings-blake, we still believe in baltimore! [ cheering ] we believe in the people of baltimore and we believe in the people of maryland. and it is so great. i want to thank all of you. i want to thank our new county executive in prince george's county, baker. [ cheering ] i want to thank montgomery county and jim smith in baltimore county! [ cheering ] and our new county executive in baltimore county. and i especially want to thank
my wife, the love of my life, katie o'malley. and four courageous kids. i want to thank any mom, barbara o'malley who never wants to be in front of cameras. i had to drag her up to the podium. i know that dad is here someplace, i really do. and i want to thank joe and barbara and all of the extended occurrence for the o'malleys working so hard in this campaign! i want to thank my brother,
peter o'malley for everything that he has done as well! [ cheering ] >> the nicest o'malley, my father always said that he was the best. [ laughter ] look, over these last four years, i have had my right hand and he has been there every single day, working hard every single day, doing everything that he was asked and more to move our state forward. he's the highest ranking elected official in our country to have served the tour of duty in iraq. he's our lieutenant governor, anthony brown, the most effective lieutenant governor in america! [ cheering ] i want to thank the chair for her good and hard work. and former chair, michael, our
coordinator campaign manager, and tom russell, our campaign manager. and david and fred and all those others, who kept us moving forward when we were out here, but we always came back out. thanks to all of you. i also want to be one of the first to publicly congratulate the most effected united states senator in america, barbara my cull ski -- barbara mikulski i'll tell you, we're joined by great senators here.
paul sardines sardine -- sardines fighting for the hearts and dreams of every american family. for all the extended families who are out there day in and day out, who are making the phone calls, knocking on the doors, talking to your neighbors, going on facebook, going on the internet. thank you for moving maryland forward! you did this! [ cheering ] and our entire delegation was out there working tiredlessly. especially each and every one of them is important, but i also want to especially say a thank you to elijah cummings traveling out here with us tonight.
[ cheering ] but to all of them, thank you. holland, frank kratovil, all these congressional members. doing an outstanding job. you were on the phone each and every day, visiting every one of our states and we have the kitchen table to move it. [ cheering ] i also want to say thank you to state employees of maryland who have worked hard every single day to move our state forward. [ cheering ] and i'll tell you what, i ran into a number of them around town today and they said, you know what? i don't like the furloughs, but i like massive layoffs even worse. and i said i'm with you on that and we're going to get through
this together and we're going to move forward together. and most, especially, i want to thank the people of maryland! the people of maryland! [ cheering and applause ] i want to thank the people of maryland for their hard work, for their resilience, for their hope, for their belief in the future. our country is going through a tremendous struggle right now. it is a fight for our children's future because it is a fight for our economic future. and there will be states to win and there will be states that lose. and if we want maryland to be in the winner's category, then we have got to continue to move forward. and that's with the people of maryland chose to do tonight! to move forward! [ cheering and applause ] there is no place in our state more important than a family's home and there is no way to protect that home with a job. the most important thing are the people, the small
businesses, the large and medium businesses of our state that have done to move us forward is to have a rate of job creations that is three times the national rate of the job creations and we need to keep moving forward! [ cheering and applause ] thanks to president obama, vice president biden, thanks to these congressional races and these delegation races. our country did not slip into the second grade depression. we're moving forward to recovery. thanks to their leadership and their decision and the decisions that we have mading together, we've been able to protect the priority of our children's education, we have been able to make college more affordable rather than fewer. we're making the turn into a greener economy. we're improving the health of the chesapeake bay. all of these are the things that move our state forward! [ cheering ] my friends, this
is a very, very humbling honor. we're going to have a lot of tough days still ahead of us. we're not out of the deep hole that our country's economy was driven into. but we are coming back and if our shared stories have taught us anything, i believe that it is this. our shared stories, the story that we have moved them together, throughout the times. it's not a story of retreats or falling back. it's a story of courage, it's a story of moving forward. and it has taught us that we can have our fears and we can have our anger, or we could have a better future for our kids, but we cannot have them both. and tonight, we chose a better future for the children of maryland. [ cheering ] i want to say a
word right now. to those marylanders who did not support us tonight. and i want to say this. i want to say to you, shhhh. i want to say to those who did not support us tonight, i want to say to you that i thank you for going out and voting today. i thank you for doing everything in your power to protect your family and move your family forward. and in these difficult times, there will be public policy issues that we disagree about. and that's natural, but at the end of the day, we're all in this together. and we need together to come together to forge a better future for our children. at the end of the day, at the end of the day, what this comes down to is putting aside
partisanship and coming together in this greatest work of all, which is making this turn into a new economy, an economy that creates better opportunities for our children. and i want to say to all of you that i will always listen, i will always work with you, and i will always be on your side, and i will make every decision in these tough days ahead based on what's best for all of us and the future that our children will share because i still believe. i still believe! [ cheering and applause ] i believe that we are on the cutting edge of two decades of creating and healing, discoveries of opportunities, the life of which our grandparents would have never imagined if we can work
together. i still believe in the revolutionary maryland of charles carroll of carlton that frederick douglas saw when he said we are one, our cause is one, and we must help each other if we're going to succeed. i still believe in that maryland area through the darkest and cloudiest of the night. i still believe in the public of lincoln. i believe in the community of roosevelt. most of all, i believed in you. i believe in us, and i believe in the better future that we can achieve for our children as one maryland moving forward, together! thank you all very very much! [ cheering and applause ] you've been watching governor martin o'malley of maryland is celebrating his victory tonight. he took on bob ehrlich, the former governor of maryland in a rematch from the election of
four years ago, facing a republican wave, but apparently that wave broke on the shores of maryland. it did not crest here the a all. o'malley won big tonight by double digits it appears in terms of the election results. we just heard a speech where he basically went around and said everyone that supported him then at the end to those who did not. >> pointing out baltimore city, of course, montgomery county, prince george's county, areas that have been his traditional strongholds. again, at ehrlich's headquarters, an elector to succeed. we understand mr. ehrlich will be speaking to his supporters coming up here very soon, but right now, we're at o'malley's headquarters in baltimore. we're looking at an occasion that i think most marylanders were not surprised by this time around. the polls, well, we'll say that it has been very close over the summertime. in fact, it looked like it might be quite a race that we have seen so many races
tonight. later on, it kind of broke o'malley's way, never really changing, up by 10, 11, at the very end, up by 14. tonight, he has won by eight points, very significant in a year when so many democrats who thought they had it wrapped up or out of office or fighting for their political lives tonight. we're going around the country later onto talk about some of the other races where the democrats, they might be expected to do well or did not and perhaps lost altogether. >> in fact, as you menaced, derek, the goff -- as you mentioned, derek, the governor's race is such a big race. no surprise here. o'malley, throughout the campaign, really painted himself verses the former governor of going forward verses going back. and tonight in his victory speech, he really echoed that, talking about the key points as far as education, the economy, job growth and creation when so much of the nation is not seeing that. >> the main thing that seems to come truthful, o'malley did very well in the parts of the state where he had to do well. prince george's county,
montgomery county, baltimore city, traditional democratic strongholds, the concern, of course, perhaps it's a mid-term election, people would not come out, all reports suggest that the voters did come out strongly for o'malley and ehrlich just not able to overcome that. the same way he was not able to overcome it when it was the democratic wave back in '08 and barack obama, of course, was elected. >> our election 2010 coverage continues in 90 seconds. we'll be right back.
welcome to campaign 2010, your home for a full hour of election coverage. >> tonight, big races locally and across the nation, offering plenty of drama. >> we have all the results and live reports. >> campaign 2010 starts right now. it good evening, election results have been flooding in with many of the races neck and neck tonight. the one to watch has been virginia's 11th congressional district, democrat jerry connolly verses republican keith. >> here is a look at the race. they are just neck and neck, very close, too close to call. peggy fox is live right now at connolly's headquarters, peggy? >> reporter: it is extremely tight. connolly is only about 800 votes ahead of fin michigan, watching these results come back in.
he's a democrat obviously, do you think that jerry connolly will pull this out? >> i think that he will. one went down in the precinct, but the precincts that are outstanding, they are heavily democratic precincts. the ballots have not been counted and we know we won those. >> do you think that jerry won? >> yes, not by much, but he has won. >> thank you so much. do you think it is a lot tighter than what they thought it would be? >> i think that it is tighter than what he thought. he knew he was in a tight race, he told me that back in june. several democrats have lost. it's kind of a depressing thing here. what do you think? >> i wouldn't call it festivities.
you know, you have democrats at the state level that is extremely pro-business reputation, but the democrats at the national level don't. and the other thing is, you know, we've got to get a grip on the deficit from the national level. and so quite frankly, what the president needs to do now is to take a look at these election turns. if i were him, i would say to the people on capitol hill, i won't sign anything but a balanced budget. >> thank you very much. we appreciate your comments this evening. >> still watching this race, very tight. about 800 votes separating them up. and two years ago, he beat fimian by 12 points. it's a very different race.
this year we'll be here all night until the end. we're expecting him to come out very soon. it'll be interesting to see what they will come out to say. peggy fox, 9news now. >> all right, thank you. i guess that the cautious optimism describing the mood there. i'm willing to bet that at the headquarters, they have not given that up. let's go to surae chinn who is live there right now. i'm sure they are still believing they could come back and win, aren't they? >> reporter: oh, of course. obviously too close to call at this hour. fimian did come out just a while ago. and he said that he originally wanted to come out when there was a clear winner, but obviously there isn't one and he said that he got tired of looking at the returns by himself. and this is what he said tosupporters just a little bit ago. >> we may not have the results tonight, hopefully we will, but when the time comes, if we have results, i'll get up and speak again. >> reporter: energy from fimian supporters, all thinking the oakland businessman will pull out a win. the race got ugly with tv ads and it has been a roller
coaster ride tonight. >> i think that this is very far to being a nail biter. it's about time. >> if the republicans win, if fimian wins, that's a heck of an indicator for the whole country. it is the swing district. i think that keith fimian is going to carry it this year. >> reporter: now, keep in mind if there are less than 1% of votes casting a difference between the candidates, then there will be a candidate that could request a recount. if it's urn half a percent, it's automatic, it's the law. so of course, this will be a long night, but george allen came up and said that this is ultimately the businessman from oakland that will pull out a win tonight, we'll see. back to you guys, derek and anita. >> all right, surae chinn, thank you. some big surprises in this week's midterm elections. >> there yeah, no surprise though. martin o'malley has won a